A grand jury report accuses G4S of running a “disgraceful” juvenile detention center in Florida. The Highland
s Youth Academy in Avon Park, a facility for young men aged 16 to 19 that was the site of a riot involving more than 130 children two years ago, was described as “a disgrace to the state of Florida” by a grand jury report that called for it to be closed down. The grand jury report details a string of criticisms, including dilapidated buildings, unclean sanitary
facilities, undertrained and poorly equipped staff and failure to report incidents of children escaping.
Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd held a press conference to discuss the G4S facility. Judd said, “It is a miserable failure down there.” He added, “I’m suggesting that the juveniles that are legitimately in that program are at risk.”